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Candlelight vigil held for Kathryn Newhouse, autistic Fil-Am trans woman killed by her father

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  • Dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil held in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on Monday night to honor the life of Kathryn “Katie” Newhouse, the 19-year-old autistic Filipino American transgender woman killed by her father inside their home in Canton, Georgia, last month.
  • “She was like a little sister to me,” Journey Jennings, Newhouse’s friend, said. “She was a real sweetheart... I would’ve never imagined something like this happening to her.”
  • Officers from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office found Newhouse and her father, Howard Newhouse, dead inside their home in the Bridge Mill subdivision at around 5:45 p.m. on March 19. Authorities later confirmed that Newhouse’s father had fatally shot her before killing himself with the same gun.
  • “We must work to protect transgender and gender non-conforming people facing abuse so they can safely live their truth and dismantle life-threatening systems of oppression,” Tori Cooper, the director of community engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative at the Human Rights Campaign, said.

Dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil held in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on Monday to honor the life of a 19-year-old autistic transgender woman who was killed by her father inside their home last month.

The vigil was organized by the friends of Kathryn “Katie” Newhouse and raised awareness about the rise in violence against transgender and gender non-conforming community members in the U.S.

Prosecutor affirms plan to seek death penalty for Atlanta shooter, cites ‘complete support’ from families

Atlanta shooter might get death penalty

Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis has affirmed her intention to seek the death penalty for Robert Aaron Long, the man who shot eight people to death — including six Asian women — in three spas in the Atlanta area earlier this year.

The latest: Long, 22, appeared at the Fulton County Superior Court on Monday for charges involving four of the eight deceased victims. These crimes include murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism, the Associated Press reported.

Gay Asian man who fell into a coma after brutal attack is making ‘tremendous progress’ in recovery

Joshua Dowd

A gay Asian man who fell into a coma following a brutal attack in Atlanta last month, is now making “tremendous progress” in his recovery.

Courageous recovery: Joshua Dowd, 28, had a very active day on Saturday as he tried to move his head, both of his arms and his legs following the incident, according to the recent update on his GoFundMe page.

GoFundMe created for gay Asian man in coma after being brutally assaulted in Atlanta

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The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the case of a gay man who was found with a serious head injury on train tracks in the Lindbergh area of Buckhead early morning on July 11.

At the scene: Police were alerted to the 2100 block of Piedmont Road where someone saw Joshua Dowd, 28, alone and barely breathing as he laid on the train tracks with his head bleeding, reported CBS46.

Atlanta Shooter Indicted on Murder Charges, Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty

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Robert Aaron Long, the suspect in the March shootings in the Atlanta region has been indicted on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed to seek the death penalty and hate crime charges. 

About the indictment: A Fulton County grand jury indicted the 22-year-old in the killings of Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant and Yong Ae Yue, at the spas in Atlanta.

Atlanta Officer, Elderly Homeless Man Share Deep Bond Since Before Pandemic

An officer from the Atlanta Police Department developed a bond with a homeless man that began before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Melina Lim, 25, was on her daily routine of checking up on businesses around northwest Atlanta shortly before the pandemic hit, when she saw Jawee Bilal Faheem, 61, who goes by the name “Doc,” holding a sign on the side of the road, according to 11Alive.

Megan Thee Stallion Partners With May Lee and Fashion Nova to Donate $50,000 to Fighting Anti-Asian Hate

Megan Thee Stallion

Grammy Award-winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion has partnered with Fashion Nova and journalist/activist May Lee to donate $50,000 to a nonprofit advancing the rights of Asian Americans in Georgia and the Southeast.

The donation, made to Advancing Justice Atlanta, is Megan’s expression of support for the Asian American community amid the rise of anti-Asian attacks, reports People

Asian Women are Not Your ‘Sex Addiction’

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the author.

Last Tuesday, Robert Aaron Long shot and killed eight people at Asian-owned massage spas. Six of his victims were Asian women. Long blamed his killing spree on a sex addiction, rather than racial motivation. But the shooter’s targeting of Asian-owned massage spas, where predominantly Asian women work, makes it unlikely that race had nothing to do with the tragic attacks.